What’s NEXT for NEXUS
If you’ve been keeping up with our previous coverage of the NEXUS pipeline, you already know how important this project is for Michigan’s energy—and economic—future.
So where does the NEXUS pipeline project stand?
Below is a timeline of the major NEXUS milestones and what’s still to come as this pipeline becomes a reality:
- In late November 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released their final environmental impact statement, approving the project.
- In August 2017, FERC gave their final OK to NEXUS pipeline construction, formally approving the proposed construction route for the $2 billion pipeline that will run from Northeastern Ohio to Southeastern Michigan before ending at a hub in Ontario, Canada.
- In September 2017, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the NEXUS project a water quality certification after a review to ensure it “complies with Ohio law” and protects “the environment and public health.” The decision came after months of consideration of the “technical, economic, social and environmental aspects” of the project, as well as public input via hearings and an extended comment period.
- In October 2017, energy providers in northern Ohio broke ground and started construction. The Nexus Gas Transmission officially informed FERC that construction on the pipeline began October 16.
- By 2018, the pipeline should be completed and ready for use.
The NEXUS pipeline project has been closely regulated and evaluated for safe construction and implementation over the past three years. In that time, federal and state regulators have weighed the benefits to our economy, determined mitigation measures to protect and preserve our environment, and received vital input from stakeholders and the public.
And What’s the Economic Impact of NEXUS in Michigan?
The NEXUS pipeline will deliver not just cleaner energy to Michigan, but also incredible economic returns for our state. Below are some key numbers you need to know about the economic benefits of the pipeline for Michigan:
- The number of local jobs created from construction of the NEXUS pipeline
- $100 million
- Total amount in wages that will support Michigan individuals and families
- $10 million
- The amount of local tax revenue the pipeline project will generate, helping Michigan workers, families, and communities
The results are conclusive: once complete, the NEXUS pipeline will be an important resource for powering Michigan jobs, boosting local economies, and keeping our energy reliable.